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New Escapist Column! On What Modern Superhero Films Could Learn From Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man”…

I published a new In the Frame piece at Escapist Magazine this evening. With the news that Sam Raimi is going to be directing Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, I thought it was worth taking a look back at his Spider-Man movies.

Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies helped to pave the way for the modern superhero blockbuster, arriving at a pivotal moment for mainstream blockbuster cinema. Along with Blade and X-Men, Spider-Man demonstrated that it was possible to accurately translate these heroes to screen. In the years since, the superhero genre has become the dominant form of contemporary blockbuster cinema. However, rewatching Raimi’s Spider-Man movies, it is immediately clear that the genre hasn’t always developed in the healthiest or most satisfactory directions.

What could the MCU learn from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies? You can read the piece here, or click the picture below.

2 Responses

  1. Great article Darren you really hit the nail on the head as why even though I love comics the MCU has always seemed lacking to me. There is this sense of shame to the most generic films of the MCU where the colorful and creative world of comics has to be fit into a singular bland quip filled blockbuster. While plenty of comics are action blockbusters there are countless superhero comics (and even more non super hero comics) that feature much more unique styling and tones. Batman Vs. Superman is far from a perfect movie, but I’ve found it annoying when people accuse it of being too dark compared to MCU. I find the unique style of BvS and its straight faced and serious story a lot more comic book like then the endless blockbuster quip fests of the MCU.

    More out there capeflicks like Shazam and Into the Spiderverse give me hope we can go back to more creative superhero movies like the Rami triology, Burton Batman, and Nolan Batman where it felt like a creator was giving their own take on a character rather then just shoving some references in a generic blockbuster

    • Yep. Into the Spider-Verse is a delight, and arguably the best superhero film since the Nolan trilogy. In large part because it’s willing to be its own thing.

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